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...of Conquest
February 2014
Released: 2014, Independent
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: Celtic Bob

Scythia is a Canadian Progressive Metal band that have been on the scene since 2008 and released their debut in 2010. Since then they have had an additional 3 releases. This new album...OF CONQUEST is slated for release early this year.

...OF CONQUEST is the first time hearing of Scythia. While Progressive Metal is not my normal daily listening style of Metal I do appreciated the musicianship and complexity of it. After a couple of plays the album begins to grow on you. The arrangements of the songs is something to be appreciated. Unlike most in this genre they add in a bit of humor, especially in the video for “Bear Claw Tavern” making it a fun listen. The albums lyrics do have a bit of folklore added into the storytelling giving it an old, medieval vibe. This is evident on the mellower track “Land Of Scythia” where you really hear the lyrics more prominently. Similar with the more upbeat “Wrath Of The Ancients”, the storyline drags you in and you begin to visualize the songs.

A fine album for fans of Progressive, Viking/Folk and even Power Metal. ...OF CONQUEST is an album that is sure to please many Metal fans with it’s well written and focused songs.
Track Listing

1.    Fanfare 1516
2.    Merchant of Sin
3.    Bear Claw Tavern
4.    Sailor's Accolade
5.    Reflections
6.    The Kraken
7.    Into the Storm
8.    Land of Scythia
9.    Wrath of the Ancients
10.  Army of the Bear
11.  Path Through the Labyrinth
12.  Departure


Dave Khan - guitars, main vocals
Terry Savage - bass, harsh vocals
Jeff Black - keyboards, back-up vocals
Celine Derval - Drums, back-up vocals

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